The 40-tonne Volvo FM electric trucks are designed for high-capacity deliveries and feature Volvo’s largest 540kWh battery which provides 666hp.
They come with a range of up to 300km/180 miles, allowing them to complete full round-trips servicing DHL’s retail and automotive customers across the UK.
Saul Resnick, CEO of DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland, said that the vehicles represented an “important milestone” in its journey towards alternative fuel vehicles.
“The size and capability of these trucks make them a truly viable alternative to diesel as they fully meet our needs and those of our customers,” he added.
“Following our introduction of the UK’s first 16-tonne rigid electric truck in late 2020, we’re proud to continue to lead the way in electric commercial transport.”
The new trucks share the same controls and very latest safety features seen on conventional diesel Volvo FM vehicles, making the transition for drivers as safe and easy as possible.
Early feedback from drivers has been extremely positive, especially with regard to acceleration and hill performance, said DHL.